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Tudor Submariner Date Ref. 79090


Pre-Owned Tudor 40mm Submariner, Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 79090

Surprising to many, Tudor has their own Submariner, which has actually been available nearly as long as the Rolex Submariner that was introduced in 1953.  This reference 79090 is from circa 1991 and includes the original warranty card.  For this reference, Tudor reintroduced the Mercedes hands, as seen on this watch.  This watch also has the plexiglass crystal and the triple-lock crown with the Oyster case. The black dial on the watch is clean and unmarred, and the tritium is intact, with some cracking on the hands (visible under magnification.)

Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 16610


Pre-Owned Rolex 40mm Submariner Date, Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 16610

The Rolex Submariner 16610 received a few changes throughout its long production run that ran from 1988 to 2010. Early 16610 watches had tritium lume with ‘SWISS-T<25’ printed on the dial. In 1999, Luminova was introduced, which was identified by simply ‘SWISS’. Super-luminova was used from 2000 onwards, with ‘SWISS MADE’ printed on the dial. The first watches had lug holes, while in 2004 the lugs were solid.  As innovations were made, they were also added to the reference. In 2000, the bracelets changed, with the introduction of solid end links, and in 2008, the inner rehaut was engraved with the serial number.  Throughout the production, the Submariner was powered by the brands longest serving movement, the automatic Rolex caliber 3135 with date located at the 3 o’clock position. A solid, reliable workhorse that needed no changes.  Partly because of this movement but also due to its classic 40mm size and aluminum bezel, the reference 16610 is beloved by Submariner fans, often seen as a link between the earliest Submariners and the modern updated models. The watch is built with 904L stainless steel, a material more difficult to form into a watch that is also a preferred material for immersion in the ocean. This 16610 is in very good condition with a sapphire crystal, triplock crown and Tritium dial. The case includes lug holes to ease swapping bracelets.

Rolex Explorer II Ref. 216570


Pre-Owned Rolex 42mm Explorer II, Polar Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 216570

Rolex dedicated the Oyster Perpetual Explorer II to polar explorers and all those pushing the boundaries of exploration. The bold, oversized Mercedes handset and the 24-hour hand are both filled with Rolex’s Chromalight lume, while maxi-style indices are filled with ultra bright blue lume. The base of the Mercedes handset and the iconic bright orange 24-hour hand are painted black, which creates the impression that the hands are floating above the dial. The date aperture at three o’clock has the famed Cyclops magnifier. Both the top of the lugs and the fixed steel bezel are brushed, whereas the sides are polished to a mirror finish, which provides a nice contrast and heightens the overall feeling of quality. This Explorer II Ref.216570 was the first watch from Rolex to utilize their then new Caliber 3187, which included a Parachrom hairspring, Paraflex shock absorbers, Breguet overcoil and superlative chronometer certification. With its 42mm case in robust 904L stainless steel Oyster case and 100m of water resistance, the Explorer II continues to serve as a robust tool for modern adventurers.

Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655


Pre-owned Rolex 40mm Explorer II, Black dial, Oyster Bracelet Ref. 1655

The Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655 was produced from 1971 to 1984.  It was upgraded from the Explorer I with the addition of a date feature and an additional orange hand with the external 24 hours graduated bezel. The movement used in this watch is the caliber 1575.  This Explorer II has a serial number that indicates a production year of 1977, as well as a Mark II dial that has been recognized as produced between 1972 to 1977, and finally a Mark III bezel that has been recognized as being in production from 1977 to 1980.  The Oyster bracelet is a Rolex USA bracelet stamped “78”, with moderate stretch.  Thus, the watch appears to carry its original components.  In addition, the case is sharp and appears unpolished, with slight swirls from wear but with no nicks.  The beauty of a watch is the dial, and this matte black dial is in lovely condition, free of marks or debris.  The tritium lume is intact and has aged to an attractive manilla color.  The 24 hour hand, which was originally orange has faded to nearly match the color of the lume patina, giving it what some collectors call a “ghost hand.”  The crystal is the correct acrylic with cyclops and is clear.  Watchworks has recently serviced this watch to ensure years of worry free wear.  This watch should please discriminating collectors and fans of vintage Rolex watches.

Rolex Datejust Ref. 16200


Pre-owned Rolex 36mm Datejust, Steel Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 16200

The aesthetics of the Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classical style. They embody timeless form and function, firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex.  A bezel in smooth stainless steel surrounds the steel-colored dial with date wheel, which together with the Roman numeral hour-markers makes it a classically attractive design.  Powered by a caliber 3135 automatic movement, the stainless steel Oyster Perpetual case is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and includes a quick-set date feature and a screw-down crown.  A stainless steel Oyster bracelet accompanies the watch.

Rolex Datejust Ref. 16220


Pre-owned Rolex 36mm Datejust, White Dial, Oyster Bracelet Ref. 16220

The aesthetics of the Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classical style. They embody timeless form and function, firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex.  An engine-turned bezel surrounds the white dial with date wheel.  Powered by a caliber 3135 automatic movement, the stainless steel Oyster Perpetual case is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and includes a quick-set date feature and a screw-down crown.  An Oyster bracelet is attached and the watch comes with the original warranty paper.

Rolex Submariner ‘Bart Simpson’ Ref. 5513


Pre-owned Rolex 40mm Submariner ‘Bart Simpson’ Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 5513

Though Rolex made earlier models named “Submariner,” the modern Submariner traces its roots to the references 5512 and 5513.  These were the first Submariners to feature crown guards and the 40mm case.   The reference 5513 was a non-chronometer rated watch (as opposed to the chronometer rated 5512), which means that the dial does not have the “Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified” lines of text.  Many consider the reduced text on the 5513 dial attractive and endearing.  They feature a plexi-glass crystal and a depth rating of 200 meters, as opposed to the later 300 meters.  Together with the bi-directional bezel, (which wasn’t changed to the uni-directional bezel until approximately 1977), the reference 5513 looks like a modern Submariner but it is distinctly vintage.

There are many features that make the 5513 one of the most beloved Submariners.  Although the reference 5513 was introduced in 1962, it’s production continued until 1990.  Over the three decades that the 5513 was produced, Rolex continued to introduce refinements and minor tweeks that serve to offer collectors a large range of variations to discover.  While the variations were not limited to the dials, the majority of the variations appeared in the dials.  There were underline dials, gilt dials, matte dials and military dials.  Within each were sub-sets, sometimes with six or more types.

This Rolex Submariner with serial number 1503465 is from circa 1967, which makes it an early production watch. This in itself makes it interesting.  Reference 5513 watches initially included gilt dials, so named for the type of printed font and glossy dials.  This watch has what has been called the Bart Simpson dial, which was the last of the gilt dials.  The dial was named for the distinctive coronet, (Official Rolex crown insignia,) whose points were relatively flat and stubby and reminded people of Bart Simpson’s hair.  Another feature of this dial is the close spacing in the word ROLEX, as well as the crosses on the ‘t’ and the ‘f’ in the abbreviation for feet are in line, which appeals to a person who appreciates balance.   The gilt font was first printed on the dial, after which a lacquer coating was placed on top.  Bart Simpson dials from this era seem particularly prone to “crazing”, which is a kind of spotting or cracking in the lacquer that results from aging.  This watch has this typical crazing, which appears evenly distributed over the dial and seems to add to the natural vintage look, as opposed to distracting from the appeal.  Because this is a gilt dial Submariner, the dial is “meters first.”

 This dial featured a unique mixture of tritium and other photoluminescent materials that offers longer lasting luminosity than tritium that appears on other vintage dials.  As a result, people may have concerns that these dials have been relumed.  The lume on this dial is intact and appears with small creases and surface dirt as expected over time from the original lume.

Regarding the rest of the watch, the correct domed plexi-glass crystal is in excellent condition.  The winding crown is the modern, “triplock” style which was the correct factory replacement for the earlier version which Rolex discontinued.  The Oyster bracelet is marked Rolex 7280 with endpiece number 80 iis in above average condition.  While the bezel has a few small scratches, it is in overall very good condition for a watch from this era.  Lastly, the case is free of nicks, has pointed crown guards, shows the brushing on top of the lugs, and the sides appear to have been previously polished.